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The name Synectics combines Greek word parts and suggests, "the bringing together of diverse elements."
Description The basis of Synectics lies in the meaning of the name. Throughout a Synectics session, the facilitator is responsible for bringing together and guiding a diversity of people, their divergent ideas, and random stimulation. This is accomplished in planning as well in the idea-generating sessions.
In order to ensure success of the session, the facilitators and others responsible for finding solutions, including what the Synectics method describes as the problem owners, prepare by doing the following:
In general, the following steps are followed and re-cycled as necessary to accomplish the idea-generating goals of the problem owners.
Any number of brainstorming or idea-generating techniques or exercises may be used to help along the solution generating process. For example: paraphrasing, itemized response, analogies, excursions, free association, random stimuli, and others.
Throughout the session the facilitator is responsible for cultivating and maintaining an atmosphere of speculative thinking and open-ended contribution that attracts diverse ideas and protects participants from criticism.
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